Gillingham have been dealt a transfer blow as Ayr United forward Dipo Akinyemi is closing in on a move to National League side York City, according to the Daily Record.
The 26-year-old is set to undergo a medical with the National League side, before completing a club-record switch to the LNER Stadium.
Who is Dipo Akinyemi?
The striker began his career in English football with Stevenage, as well as enjoying a series of Non-League loans with the likes of Aldershot Town, St. Albans City and Dulwich Hamlet, before joining the latter on a permanent deal in 2018.
He continued in Non-League football with the likes of Cheshunt, Braintree and Welling United, before joining Scottish side Ayr United last summer.
With Ayr, Akinyemi went on to have the best season of his career so far, scoring 20 goals and assisting a further seven for the Scottish Championship side.
Another missed target
Gillingham missing out on Akinyemi will bring another sense of frustration, as he becomes their second striker target who has opted against signing for the club.
The Gills have already missed out on Cheltenham’s Alfie May who signed for League One side Charlton Athletic and now Akinyemi becomes the second.
What’s been said?
According to the Daily Record, York City and Ayr United have agreed an undisclosed fee for the striker and he is set to undergo a medical before returning to England.
He had transfer interest from other clubs but will make the club-record move to the National League side as their big spend continues following the club’s successful takeover.
York City have already had a solid start to the transfer window, but lacked a goal scorer in my opinion. They now have that position filled and he will likely continue his fine form for the club next season.
Meanwhile, Gillingham have work to do ahead of the 2023/24 League Two season, especially with club’s around them like Wrexham, Stockport and Doncaster all doing business so far.